United States History

The immediate cause of Southern secession from the Union was

(A) the raid on Harpers Ferry
(B) the Pottawatomie Massacre
(C) the election of Abraham Lincoln
(D) the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act
(E) the determination of Kansas to be a free state
  1. Correct Answer: C

    Explanation:

    South Carolina seceded right after Lincoln’s election. Choices A and B contributed to Southern dislike and distrust of the North, but the election of a Republican president was the immediate cause of secession.

Test ID: 1592
Source: SAT Practice Test